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Aruba Networks Delivers Secure Wi-Fi Infrastructure Protecting Thousands of Attendees at Black Hat USA 2014

Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN) successfully designed, deployed and operated a secure wireless LAN (WLAN) for the Black Hat USA 2014 Conference held in Las Vegas, August 2-7, protecting thousands of attendees’ laptops and mobile devices from dozens of pervasive and new security threats. In addition to protecting conference attendees from malicious attacks, Aruba provided Wi-Fi speeds in excess of 550 Mbps when downloading – a speed that is more than 55 times greater than the average bandwidth speed in the United States.

Aruba Networks provided Black Hat USA attendees with Wi-Fi speeds in excess of 550 Mbps when downloa ...

Aruba Networks provided Black Hat USA attendees with Wi-Fi speeds in excess of 550 Mbps when downloading - a speed that is more than 55 times greater than the average bandwidth speed in the United States. (Photo: Business Wire)

Black Hat USA returned to Las Vegas for its 17th year to bring together the world’s largest gathering of networking professionals and hackers for a week of security education, networking and skill building. This year’s conference marks the fifth time that Black Hat has selected Aruba as the official Wi-Fi provider. Aruba’s ability to safeguard network infrastructures against wireless security threats was put to the test at this year’s event. Aruba created multiple, parallel Wi-Fi networks to deliver both an open and secured network option for attendees.

Key Security and Wireless Networks Statistics:

  • Exceeded 1,150 concurrent users
  • Network Preference: 45% of attendees used Aruba Secure Access Network
  • Secured Network User Split: 63% on the WPA2-PSK network and 37% on the Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol (PEAP) network
  • Most Common Attack: Block acknowledgement (Block ACK) Denial of Service attack with 2,376 events detected
  • Secondary Attacks Detected: AP Impersonation Attack (776 events detected), Deauthentication attack (522 events) and Power Save DoS attacks (372 events)
  • 2,187 firewall rule violations logged (94% of these blocking peer-to-peer traffic)
  • Fastest Wi-Fi Device Performance: 545 Mbps download
  • Top Three Most Popular Mobile Devices/Operating Systems: Apple OS X, iPhone, Android (variety of device manufacturers)
  • Top Three Most Visited Sites: Google Docs, Facebook and
  • Top Two Social Media Sites: Facebook and Twitter

The wireless network, which covered the nearly one million square foot facility in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center was quickly deployed in less than one day. The wireless hardware infrastructure consisted of 130 Aruba AP-225 802.11ac access points, Aruba 7200 Series controllers, and Aruba S-Series Ethernet switches. To deliver unmatched security and network visibility, Aruba’s deployed AppRF technology and Aruba AirWave Network Management. AppRF provides network operators with a real-time snapshot of how the network is being utilized and offers fast and simplified drill-downs that show more detailed application usage information. AirWave efficiently manages an entire network – from a single site to across the world –through a single pane of glass, making it easy to keep service level agreements on track.

About Aruba Networks, Inc.

Aruba Networks is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company designs and delivers Mobility-Defined Networks that empower IT departments and #GenMobile, a new generation of tech-savvy users who rely on their mobile devices for every aspect of work and personal communication. To create a mobility experience that #GenMobile and IT can rely upon, Aruba Mobility-Defined Networks™ automate infrastructure-wide performance optimization and trigger security actions that used to require manual IT intervention. The results are dramatically improved productivity and lower operational costs.

Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit Aruba at For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at

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